Allen Edmonds, the high-end shoemaker and retailer, has unveiled a special new collection of made-in-America products as part of their Artisans of Freedom initiative. Weiss Watch Company, headed up by master watchmaker Cameron Weiss, is one of the companies chosen, along with several others, including Cockpit USA, Civilianair, Korchmar and Southwich.
According to Allen Edmonds, “We fully understand the value a true artisan brings to a product. This passion is the driving force behind Artisans of Freedom, an inspired community of American craftsmen and companies that share our values of idealism, progress, obsession, thoughtfulness, integrity and our goal to create another generation of craftsmen making real things that stand the test of time. A new renaissance movement has arrived, and it is being led by these Artisans of Freedom.”
For the collaboration, Weiss has reimagined the American Issue Field Watch with a new aesthetic. The case features black DLC coated 316L stainless steel, along with black oxide steel hands in latte-colored Super-LumiNova. On the dial is the Artisans of Freedom marker at six o’clock. Inside the watch is the mechanical, limited edition black-plated US-made Caliber 1003 movement, manufactured and assembled by Weiss in Los Angeles. Each piece is individually numbered and the edition is limited to just 100 pieces. The retail price is $2,195 and the watch is available for purchase at allenedmonds.com and at select Allen Edmonds flagship stores.
“I am very proud to be included in such an inspirational group of craftsmen for the Artisans of Freedom project with Allen Edmonds, a company that has been handcrafting shoes in the US since 1922,” says Cameron Weiss. “It makes me further inspired to continue handcrafting timepieces here in the US, restoring a craft, and hopefully being a part of the new wave of training artisans of the future.”